Schedule

Below are the confirmed and scheduled talks at ETech 2008 (schedule subject to change).

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Marina Ballroom D
Add Energy Literacy to your personal schedule
8:45am Welcome and Morning Keynotes
Room: Marina Ballroom D
Energy Literacy Saul Griffith (Other Lab)
Add Your Phone is Your Controller: Collaborative Gaming in Public Spaces to your personal schedule
Your Phone is Your Controller: Collaborative Gaming in Public Spaces Jury Hahn (MegaPhone), Dan Albritton (MegaPhone)
Add Information Visualization is a Medium to your personal schedule
Information Visualization is a Medium Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)
Add Project Darkstar: Putting the Massive in Massive Multiplayer to your personal schedule
Project Darkstar: Putting the Massive in Massive Multiplayer Chris Melissinos (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
Add Users, Socializers, and Producers: How Internet Technologies are Changing Our View of Ourselves to your personal schedule
11:50am Breakout sessions
Users, Socializers, and Producers: How Internet Technologies are Changing Our View of Ourselves Elizabeth Churchill (Yahoo! Research)
Add Green Nano and the Holy Grail to your personal schedule
2:00pm Breakout sessions
Green Nano and the Holy Grail Stan Williams (Hewlett-Packard Labs)
Add Botnets: Current State of the Net to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
Botnets: Current State of the Net Michael J. Staggs (FireEye, Inc.)
Add My Daughter’s DNA: A Father’s Odyssey in His Daughter’s Genome to your personal schedule
4:55pm Breakout sessions
My Daughter’s DNA: A Father’s Odyssey in His Daughter’s Genome Hugh Rienhoff (MyDaughtersDNA.org)
Add ETech After Hours Party (hosted and sponsored by Walt Disney Internet Group) to your personal schedule
8:30pm Disney Party in the San Diego Ballroom B, North Tower
ETech After Hours Party (hosted and sponsored by Walt Disney Internet Group)
Marina Ballroom E
Add Designing Magnets: Connecting with Audiences in the Wired Age to your personal schedule
11:00am Designing Magnets: Connecting with Audiences in the Wired Age Elan Lee (Fourth Wall Studios)
Add Modeling Crowd Behavior to your personal schedule
11:50am Breakout sessions
Modeling Crowd Behavior Paul Torrens (Arizona State University)
Add The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism Ethan Zuckerman (Global Voices)
Add Sexual Identity Online to your personal schedule
4:05pm Breakout sessions
Sexual Identity Online Violet Blue (Violet Blue)
Add Personal Productivity is Personal: Choosing What YOU Need to Overclock Your Workday to your personal schedule
4:55pm Breakout sessions
Personal Productivity is Personal: Choosing What YOU Need to Overclock Your Workday Gina Trapani (The Complete Guide to Google Wave)
Marina Ballroom F
Add Use Your Head: The Future of Mind Hacks to your personal schedule
11:00am Use Your Head: The Future of Mind Hacks David Pescovitz (BoingBoing.net, Institute for the Future, MAKE:), Daniel Marcus (Washington University School of Medicine), Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains), Timo Hannay (Macmillan Publishers Ltd.)
Add Tap is the New Click: Designing Gestural Interfaces to your personal schedule
11:50am Breakout sessions
Tap is the New Click: Designing Gestural Interfaces Dan Saffer (Smart Design)
Add Projecting Surveillance Entertainment to your personal schedule
2:00pm Breakout sessions
Projecting Surveillance Entertainment Merci Victoria Grace (GameLayers), Justin Hall (GameLayers)
Add Halo vs. Facebook: Emotion and the Fun of Games to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
Halo vs. Facebook: Emotion and the Fun of Games Nicole Lazzaro (XEODesign, Inc.)
Add Prediction Markets and the Flow of Information at Google to your personal schedule
4:05pm Breakout sessions
Prediction Markets and the Flow of Information at Google Bo Cowgill (Google Economics Group)
Add Open Source Hardware to your personal schedule
4:55pm Breakout sessions
Open Source Hardware Phillip Torrone (Adafruit Industries), Limor Fried (Adafruit Industries)
Add Exhibit Hall Reception to your personal schedule
6:00pm Event
Room: Marina Ballroom F
Exhibit Hall Reception
Mission Hills
Add The PC-free Internet: Ambient Computing to your personal schedule
11:00am The PC-free Internet: Ambient Computing David Rose (Ambient Devices)
Add Project Darkstar: Next Generation, Online Video Game Technology to your personal schedule
11:50am Breakout sessions
Project Darkstar: Next Generation, Online Video Game Technology Karl Haberl (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
Add Content Driven Communications  to your personal schedule
2:00pm Breakout sessions
Content Driven Communications Danielle Deibler (Adobe Systems)
Add On-Demand Databases: Or How to build High-Scale Data Storage on a Low-Scale Budget to your personal schedule
2:50pm Breakout sessions
On-Demand Databases: Or How to build High-Scale Data Storage on a Low-Scale Budget Mike Culver (Amazon), Jay Ridgeway (Nextumi)
Add What it Takes to Make a Browser Smart to your personal schedule
4:05pm Breakout sessions
What it Takes to Make a Browser Smart Alex Iskold (AdaptiveBlue)
Add Tour Of A Science Fiction Universe to your personal schedule
4:55pm Breakout sessions
Tour Of A Science Fiction Universe Matt Webb (BERG)
12:35pm Lunch
Room: Coronado Terrace
7:45am Breakfast
Room: Marina Ballroom Foyer
10:30am AM Break
Room: Marina Ballroom Foyer
3:35pm PM Break
Room: Marina Ballroom Foyer
8:45am-9:20am (35m) Keynote
Energy Literacy
Saul Griffith (Other Lab)
The world has known, calculable amounts of energy are available. We'll take a science look at all of the earth's energy resources, both stored and renewable.
9:20am-9:30am (10m) Keynote
Your Phone is Your Controller: Collaborative Gaming in Public Spaces
Jury Hahn (MegaPhone) et al
MegaPhone makes digital signage interactive using a regular phone call. Learn about this phone-controlled, real-time, multiplayer collaborative gaming platform that can be used from ANY phone, ANY service provider, in ANY country as a game controller.
9:30am-9:45am (15m) Keynote
Information Visualization is a Medium
Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen Design)
Information visualization is emerging as a medium with a wide range of expressive potential. Stamen Design’s work in visualization and mapping is among the most high profile online. Eric Rodenbeck will provide an overview and insight into the studio’s working process.
9:45am-10:00am (15m) Keynote
Project Darkstar: Putting the Massive in Massive Multiplayer
Chris Melissinos (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
The video games represent one of the largest entertainment industries in the world, and online games is its fastest growing segment. With this extraordinary growth comes the issue of building truly scalable, "massive multiplayer" solutions that are beyond what the industry deploys today.
10:00am-10:20am (20m) Keynote
Place Matters: Social Encounters between the Physical and Digital
Elizabeth Churchill (Yahoo! Research)
This keynote describes public community displays in social settings that are connected to online social networking sites, allowing socializers to push content between physical and digital spheres.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) General
Practice Makes Perfect: How Billions of Examples Lead to Better Models
Peter Norvig (Google, Inc.)
The Internet gives us access to billions of pages of information, pictures, and videos. A person could never look at all of them, but computers are faster than humans. What can a computer learn from all this information?
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) General
Users, Socializers, and Producers: How Internet Technologies are Changing Our View of Ourselves
Elizabeth Churchill (Yahoo! Research)
This session will discuss how socially oriented experience and activity-based theories of interaction drive the design and evaluation of technology.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) General
Green Nano and the Holy Grail
Stan Williams (Hewlett-Packard Labs)
Green Nano is a breakthrough and Stan Williams, Senior HP Fellow, will give a state of the world from his perspective on nanotechnology with a focus on HP's four most significant streams of work in the Green Nano arena.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m) General
Botnets: Current State of the Net
Michael J. Staggs (FireEye, Inc.)
Bots, Bot Herders, Botnets. You hear these terms with increasing frequency, but what do they mean? What are bots? How do they propagate? What do they do? And most importantly—why do I care? This session provides attendees with an overview of botnet behavior, attacks and countermeasures.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) General
DIY Drones: An Open Source Hardware and Software Approach to Making “Minimum UAVs”
Chris Anderson (3D Robotics)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are becoming the new frontier of amateur robotics. Learn how anyone can build fully autonomous flying drones with open source hardware and software.
4:55pm-5:40pm (45m) General
My Daughter’s DNA: A Father’s Odyssey in His Daughter’s Genome
Hugh Rienhoff (MyDaughtersDNA.org)
Hugh Rienhoff's daughter was born with an undiagnosed syndrome. Not getting results from conventional medicine, he searched to find and sequence her genome. This talk focuses on the resources in the public domain to identify and understand genetic information.
8:30pm-11:30pm (3h) Event
ETech After Hours Party (hosted and sponsored by Walt Disney Internet Group)
After a long day of conferencing, you’re invited to come enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the After Hours Party. Mingle with conference attendees, speakers, and Disney & ABC technology executives! The party will include an interactive lounge, demo stations, and a raffle making it the perfect spot to chat about E-tech sessions, new technologies, and network!
11:00am-11:45am (45m) General
Designing Magnets: Connecting with Audiences in the Wired Age
Elan Lee (Fourth Wall Studios)
Your ability to connect with your audience will often define the success or failure of your project. This talk will use Alternate Reality Games to explore how this new genre of entertainment can give us insight into building, maintaining, and growing an audience.
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) General
Modeling Crowd Behavior
Paul Torrens (Arizona State University)
Crowds are significant socio-technical systems, allowing pedestrians to swarm in social and anti-social networks. This presentation focuses on our research in developing a visually and behaviorally realistic simulation platform for exploring crowds in dense urban settings.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) General
How Technology Almost Lost the War: In Iraq, the Critical Networks Are Social—Not Electronic
Noah Shachtman (Wired Magazine)
Why have things finally begun to shift in Iraq? The answer, in part, is that the U.S. dropped its techno-centric approach to prosecuting the war—and started focusing on Iraq's social, political, tribal, and cultural networks instead.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m) General
The Cute Cat Theory of Digital Activism
Ethan Zuckerman (Global Voices)
The Web was invented so physicists could share research papers. The tools of Web 2.0 are showing themselves to be extremely powerful in the hands of digital activists, especially those in environments where free speech is limited.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) General
Sexual Identity Online
Violet Blue (Violet Blue)
People seek sexual expression online and encounter disaster or success, plus a steep learning curve about privacy, anonymity, 2.0 skills, and identity. Applicable outside the context of sexuality, online identity is a deliberate act.
4:55pm-5:40pm (45m) General
Personal Productivity is Personal: Choosing What YOU Need to Overclock Your Workday
Gina Trapani (The Complete Guide to Google Wave)
From The 7 Habits to The 4-Hour Workweek, personal productivity comes in many packages, but finding the right techniques to make your life and work better is up to you. Here's what you need to know to overclock your workday.
7:15pm-9:00pm (1h 45m) Event
EFF 17th Annual Pioneer Awards
Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation in a fundraiser honoring the 2008 Pioneer Award winners. Since 1991, the Pioneer Awards recognize leaders who are extending freedom and innovation on the electronic frontier.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) General
Use Your Head: The Future of Mind Hacks
David Pescovitz (BoingBoing.net, Institute for the Future, MAKE:) et al
How will advances in science and technology enable our brains' hardware and software to be reverse-engineered, reconfigured, and, eventually, upgraded? Several provocative panelists weigh in on the future of mind hacking.
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) General
Tap is the New Click: Designing Gestural Interfaces
Dan Saffer (Smart Design)
Nintendo’s Wii and Apple’s iPhone introduced the power of using gestures to control devices and interactive systems. But how do you design for this interaction paradigm? Learn how to get started designing interactive gestures and gestural interfaces.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) General
Projecting Surveillance Entertainment
Merci Victoria Grace (GameLayers) et al
This session will explore current systems of surveillance entertainment and imagine them working in other contexts. including how our personal data trails yield raw material for play.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m) General
Halo vs. Facebook: Emotion and the Fun of Games
Nicole Lazzaro (XEODesign, Inc.)
Think gamers get emotional from boiling lava monsters? Think again. From fiero to schadenfreude emotions increase focus, memory, learning, decision making, and performance. Similar emotions drive participation from Flickr to Facebook.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) General
Prediction Markets and the Flow of Information at Google
Bo Cowgill (Google Economics Group)
For 2.5 years, Google operated the largest experiment with internal corporate prediction markets in existence. Find out what they learned about their markets, their business, and their organization.
4:55pm-5:40pm (45m) General
Open Source Hardware
Phillip Torrone (Adafruit Industries) et al
Open source hardware is a term slowly working its way into many new projects and efforts, but what is it? What new hardware projects are out, successful, and what's next?
6:00pm-7:30pm (1h 30m) Event
Exhibit Hall Reception
Visit the exhibitors, mingle with other attendee, and enjoy great refreshments and drinks at the evening reception.
11:00am-11:45am (45m) General
The PC-free Internet: Ambient Computing
David Rose (Ambient Devices)
What happens when content leaves the screen, and is embedded in everyday objects and materials? David Rose will present a story of creating tangible internet objects for consumer electronics, health and wellness, public transportation, and energy consumption.
11:50am-12:35pm (45m) Products & Services
Project Darkstar: Next Generation, Online Video Game Technology
Karl Haberl (Sun Microsystems, Inc.)
Online games represent the fastest growing segment of the $40B worldwide video games industry. However, online server technology has not evolved as fast as client technologies and, as a result, leave the industry in a precarious position as millions of new players discover online games and log-in to play.
2:00pm-2:45pm (45m) Products & Services
Content Driven Communications
Danielle Deibler (Adobe Systems)
We've been hearing for years about next generation communications and Voice 2.0. This year talk becomes a reality. In this session hear the details around a new set of web services aimed at making high quality real time voice, video and messaging a part of every experience you have on the Internet.
2:50pm-3:35pm (45m) Products & Services
On-Demand Databases: Or How to build High-Scale Data Storage on a Low-Scale Budget
Mike Culver (Amazon) et al
A year ago the industry buzz phrase was “on demand computing”. In 2008 the buzz is reality! This session will look at the next wave of innovation: namely structured data storage without formal schemas (in effect, a lightweight attribute store), implemented as an on-demand Web service.
4:05pm-4:50pm (45m) Products & Services
What it Takes to Make a Browser Smart
Alex Iskold (AdaptiveBlue)
Smart Browsing is about wiring recognition of everyday things into the browser. Once the browser detects that user interacts with books, music, movies, people, recipes, etc., it can be smart and helpful about connecting user to related information. Learn how AdaptiveBlue technologies leverage a mix of standards and common sense to enhance everyday browsing.
4:55pm-5:40pm (45m) General
Tour Of A Science Fiction Universe
Matt Webb (BERG)
Description coming soon.
11:00pm-11:55pm (55m) BoFs, Event
Tuesday Night Werewolf
Werewolf is a game of paranoia and group behavior and a fun way to get to know your fellow conference-goers.
12:35pm-2:00pm (1h 25m)
Break: Lunch
7:45am-8:45am (1h)
Break: Breakfast
10:30am-11:00am (30m)
Break: AM Break
3:35pm-4:05pm (30m)
Break: PM Break
Sponsors

Diamond Sponsor

  • Sun Microsystems

Gold Sponsors

  • Adobe Systems, Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Disney
  • Google
  • Make magazine
  • Yahoo! Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • AdaptiveBlue
  • Jaduka

Premier Media Partner

  • ZDNet